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Chili Tamale Pie

This is a crowd pleasing potluck dish that's easy to prepare. A little heat, a little sweet, and a big time authentic southwestern flavor. There is no substitute for fresh ground chili. A small food processor on high speed may be used to grind chilies and cumin or use a dedicated coffee grinder for fresh spices (a great $15 investment for fresh spices anytime - your pallet will thank you)!—Ralph Stamm, Dayton, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 50 min. + standing
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 cups masa harina
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2-1/2 pounds boneless pork loin roast, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 2 dried Anaheim chilies, chopped
  • 2 dried Ancho chilies, chopped
  • 3 ounces Mexican or semisweet chocolate, grated
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted and crushed
  • 3/4 cup minced fresh cilantro, optional
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped, optional
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • Drain corn, reserving liquid; set corn aside. Place masa harina in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine the broth, butter, egg and reserved corn liquid; stir into masa harina just until moistened. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet coated with cooking spray, cook pork and onion over medium heat until pork is no longer pink. Add the beans, chilies, chocolate, orange juice, lime juice, garlic powder, cumin, reserved corn, and cilantro and jalapeno if desired. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  • Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; sprinkle with cheese. Spread masa harina mixture over cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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